Hope By The Sea


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Hope by the Sea is located in Southern California, just south of Los Angeles, in Orange County. With great year-round weather and a location near the beach, this CARF accredited addiction treatment facility provides a comfortable atmosphere for patients seeking refuge from alcohol abuse. At its heart, Hope by the Sea is a Christian-based treatment center, but that does not mean that all patients need to be Christian or participate in the Christian-treatment regimen.

The Good

  • Multiple treatment programs
  • Insurance coverage options
  • On-site patient testimonials
  • Multiple treatment centers

Multiple Treatment Programs

With the three treatment centers: Complete Harmony, Celebrate Hope, and Hope Academy, patients are able to receive specialized care that fits their personal needs as well as demographic. Hope by the Sea provides a dedicated young adult treatment program as well as college-based programs to help students gain sobriety and promote sober living while preparing for or attending college.

While not unique, Christian-based treatment provides a spiritual approach to healing, similar to that of the 12-step program. With the Christian program, patients receive treatment in combination with worship services, daily devotionals, workshops, and individual and group sessions. Hope by the Sea also provides detox and outpatient options for patients, with additional long-term treatment and aftercare programs for those who have completed initial alcohol abuse treatment.

Insurance Coverage Options

One of the biggest obstacles patients face in regards to treatment can be the financial burden that accompanies a stay at an alcohol abuse treatment facility. Hope by the Sea is CARF accredited and work with Aetna, Cigna, and other leading insurers. In addition to the above-listed providers, Hope by the Sea accepts most PPO health insurance plans, and will work with your insurance company to get qualified reimbursements for treatment.

On-site Patient Testimonials

Hope by the Sea features numerous patient testimonials that are accessible directly on their website. These testimonials help to provide further insight into patient treatment and the overall patient experience before one makes the choice to turn over their alcohol abuse to the professionals at Hope by the Sea.

Multiple Treatment Centers

Three centers make up Hope by the Sea: Complete Harmony, Celebrate Hope, and Hope Academy. Each center has its own specific focus of care, including sober living for young adults, Christian-oriented treatment, and a holistic non-12 step approach.

The Bad

  • Outdated living quarters
  • Lack of dedicated one-on-one treatment

Outdated Living Quarters

With an online tour of the facility, provided by mostly images and select promotional videos, patients are able to preview the facility directly on the treatment center's website. This tour, however, features low-quality images that show relatively outdated living quarters and amenities in comparison to similar facilities.

A full remodel is definitely needed to help Hope by the Sea stand out when compared to its competitors' living quarters and treatment facilities.

Lack of Dedicated One-on-One Treatment

At Hope by the Sea, much of the treatment is experienced in group sessions, with minimal dedicated one-on-one treatment from the staff. Many patients receive most of their one-on-one treatment during the initial testing and evaluation phase, with generally weekly one-on-one sessions to follow. Group therapy sessions can be very helpful at building camaraderie and community support, but it is not a one-site-fits-all approach for those who thrive from dedicated one-on-one treatment.

The Bottom Line

Hope by the Sea provides alcohol abuse recovery in a great geographic location with comfortable weather and nearby beach access. And for patients who want to receive a Christian-focused treatment plan, it can be a great choice. The facility itself could use a remodel with updated furnishings, and patients will want to fact check some of the negative feedback/reviews, but otherwise Hope by the Sea appears to offer enough benefits to be considered for one's alcohol abuse treatment.

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    April 5th, 2017 San Juan Capistrano, CA

    Hope by the Sea literally saved my life. I came to them broken, wrists slit open from hand to elbows from attempted suicide due to depression and alcoholism. I thought I was going there simply for detoxing, but quickly learned how deep my issues ran. My 30 day stay turned into 45, and then into 90. The new life I found is invaluable, and I cannot put a price tag on. I highly recommend this treatment center to anyone who is suffering from drug addiction or alcoholism

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    June 23rd, 2016

    We had a very poor experience. Mid-program, our son was dropped off w/out notice at a local train station for a minor rules violation. Needless to say, we were not pleased.

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    June 15th, 2016 Saint Charles, MO

    They did more damage than good. One size fits all drugs, therapy. I was forced to do 12 steps although I was not there for drugs and alcohol. I had a service line up care for me. I explained thoroughly what I was seeking. The psychiatrist on staff was the worst I've ever seen and I've seen a few.